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Veirano Advogados

AV PRESIDENTE WILSON, 231, 25º ANDAR – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ 20030-021, BRAZIL
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Work +55 21 3824 4747
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Fax +55 21 2262 4247
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www.veirano.com.br
Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ project finance practice merits particular mention; the name to note is São Paulo based Ana Carolina Barretto, who regularly handles multibillion-dollar projects on both the lender and borrower side. In Rio de Janeiro, practice head Marcelo Mattos acted as Brazilian counsel to Luna Gold, advising on the C$30m debt investment arrangements of Australian private equity manager Pacific Road and on Luna-Sandstorm’s gold stream and debt financing restructuring. In a strategically important matter for Prumo Logística and its subsidiaries, the group also assisted with the issuance of three series of PrumoPar’s 8.5% senior secured notes, worth over $300m. Other clients include banks such as Banco Itaú, HSBC and ING Bank, and institutions such as the International Finance Corporation.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

2015 saw the multi-disciplinary team at Veirano Advogados handle numerous out-of-court restructurings, and it was also active in judicial recovery proceedings. The team is representing Siemens as a supplier of Abengoa, in the context of the latter’s filing for judicial reorganisation in Brazil. Litigator Luiz Guilherme Migliora leads the team in Rio de Janeiro. In São Paulo, senior associate Eduardo Guimarães Wanderley is another key member of the practice, regularly taking lead roles on large cases.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has a particularly strong practice in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Carlos Lobo led advice to TerraForm Global on the Brazilian aspects of its $675m IPO on NASDAQ, as well as the issuance and sale of $810m senior notes due 2022. Lior Pinsky was lead partner advising Tópico Locações de Galpões e Equipamentos para Indústrias on a R$156m limited placement offering of non-convertible unsecured debentures.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Equally at home dealing with merger reviews and behavioural work, Veirano Advogados has a busy competition department that services a diverse client base of multinational companies. Mariana Villela leads the team from Rio de Janeiro, and recently acted for Ceva Logistics in the cartel investigation into the freight forwarding market. Merger work included advising GlaxoSmithKline on an asset swap transaction with Novartis. The team has also been active in abuse of dominance cases and the negotiation of leniency agreements. Brasília-based Leonardo Duarte was promoted to partner in 2016.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ corporate department is spread across the firm’s São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre offices, and advises a broad client base of financial institutions, private equity funds and companies from myriad industries. Equally at home on the buy and sell sides of transactions, the buoyant practice had another busy year in 2015. Among its highlights, Fábio Figueira acted for Lupin Farmacêutica do Brasil on the acquisition of Medquímica Indústria Farmacêutica. Carlos Alexandre Lobo has played a key role in many of the department’s recent mandates, including advising Prumo Logística on the sale of a stake in an oil terminal to Oiltanking. SunEdison is another key client, which Lobo recently assisted in relation to a share swap agreement and option agreement with Renova Energia for the purchase of certain wind and hydropower project companies. The return of corporate governance, M&A and compliance expert Marcos Ludwig as senior counsel in 2015 was a boost for the team. Otavio Carneiro co-heads the practice alongside Amaral Figueira; both are based in Rio de Janeiro.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has recently been active in cases across the shipping, mining, telecoms and finance industries, including representing Eletropaulo in litigation filed against twelve cities which denied or failed to respond to a request to take over the administration and maintenance of public lighting systems from utility companies. Daniel Coelho and Sergio Laclau Marques are standout practitioners, and Priscila Sansone was promoted to partner in January 2016. Felipe Bastos Esteves left to found Pimentel, Bastos & Vega Advogados (PBV Advogados) in June 2015.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados covers the full range of environmental matters, including solid waste, air emissions, waste water, and environmental licensing and permitting. It recently advised Microsoft on developing a strategy to ensure that electronic waste will be classified as non-hazardous. On the contentious side, it represented Vale Fertilizantes in litigation concerning emissions allegedly violating air quality standards; and Refinaria Riograndense de Petróleo in civil, criminal and administrative litigation caused by alleged contamination. Ana Luci Grizzi provides ‘precise recommendations’, and is ‘very competent’.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Fábio Figueira leads the team at Veirano Advogados, and has a broad practice across corporate, competition and insurance law. The firm has experience advising insurers, reinsurers, financial institutions and companies on corporate and commercial transactions, the sale and distribution of insurance products, and other regulatory matters. Felipe Bastos left to co-found new firm Pimentel, Bastos & Vega Advogados (PBV Advogados).

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has an ‘excellent’ IP department, with strong litigation capabilities. Advertising, franchising and technology transfer expert Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira, who regularly acts on IT-related IP matters, are recommended by clients and peers alike. Clients include multinationals such as Pfizer, Nokia and Tag Heuer.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Maintaining its position at the forefront of international trade matters, the team at Veirano Advogados is led by Ana Caetano, and was recently bolstered by the arrival of associate Fernanda Kotzias, a former professor at Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI). Highlights included representing Puma in the sunset review of anti-dumping duties applied on Chinese footwear imports, and Braskem in a public interest proceeding concerning duties applied to imports of polypropylene resins.

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Ana Teresa Caetano - Veirano Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ practice includes investigations of labour law compliance, collective dismissals and contract negotiations. It recently defended CEVA Logistics against a class action filed by a Minas Gerais union and against two individual complaints by former executives. Another strength is transactional support, such as assisting Microsoft on the labour law implications of the sale of its Manaus plant to Flextronics. Luiz Guilherme Migliora and José Carlos Wahle are recommended along with Luiz Antonio dos Santos Jr., who has ‘excellent technical understanding’.

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José Carlos Wahle - Veirano Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is regularly instructed by major construction companies such as Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez, as well as by banks such as Itaú and Sete Brasil, in relation to the financing and construction of infrastructure projects. Its cross-border work included advising AB Svensk Exportkredit on a dual-currency import financing extended to the Federative Republic of Brazil for the acquisition of fighter jets and corresponding weapons systems from Saab. Within the eight-partner team, Ana Carolina Barretto is particularly recommended. Roberta Bassegio left in November 2015 to become managing partner of Paul Hastings LLP’s new São Paulo office.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

At Veirano Advogados, a multidisciplinary group of tax, regulatory and dispute resolution experts handle a range of contentious and non-contentious public law matters. Associate Victor Jacuru is recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados had a busy year in 2015 in spite of the challenging market conditions, taking roles on numerous headline transactions including property sales and acquisitions and new real estate developments. It has a particularly strong track record in the hotels and hospitality industry, acting for international hotel chains and developers. Among the team’s recent highlights, Rodrigo de Castro advised São Carlos Empreendimentos e Participações on the acquisition, sale and leaseback of Souza Cruz’s office headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, and Raphael Moreira Espírito Santo acted for Vinci Partners on the purchase of stakes in four shopping malls from BR Malls.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

The ‘business-oriented’ media and entertainment team at Veirano Advogados has specialist expertise in advertising and sports. IP expert Valdir Rocha is recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has undertaken work for high-profile clients in a range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, electronics and telecoms. The group was active in relation to a number of substantial transactions in 2015; among its highlights, Márcio Calvet Neves advised SunEdison on an international sale/swap of assets between its subsidiary TerraForm Global and Renovia Energia. The group’s burgeoning tax litigation practice also continues to grow. Ian Muniz, in Rio de Janeiro, oversees a team which includes João Agripino Maia and São Paulo-based Marco Monteiro.

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: shipping - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Covering rail and shipping matters, Veirano Advogados’ ‘quality of work, experience, and industry knowledge are of the highest calibre’. The firm recently defended MMX in a case brought by MRS Logística concerning the termination of a logistics contract and outstanding payments. Another area of particular expertise is the offshore industry. ‘Experienced’ Rio de Janeiro-based practice head Marcelo Mattos is ‘adept at developing trust’.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ five-partner team advises on corporate and financing matters from project development through to energy transmission, and represents energy sector clients in disputes. The group is often instructed by international clients such as IFM Investors, Electricité de France and Pacific Hydro on cross-border matters, recently advising SunEdison on a sale of assets and an international share swap. Ana Carolina Barretto and Roberta Bassegio are recommended.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Led by the ‘straightforward and practicalLuis Fernando Pacheco, Veirano Advogados provides a broad range of services, such as negotiating services contracts, and assisting in relation to auctions for exploration blocks and tender procedures for the procurement of products and services. Other strengths are M&A transactions and joint ventures in the oil-and-gas sector. Its client roster includes major domestic and multinational companies. Alexandre Calmon left to co-head Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados’ oil-and-gas practice in September 2015.

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Luis Fernando Pacheco - Veirano Advogados

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

In 2015, Veirano Advogados advised Sandstorm Gold on financing matters, with Mineração Maracá as guarantor, in the context of a silver and copper purchase agreement. The mining group is particularly experienced in M&A and private equity transactions, recently advising private equity group Greenstone Resources on a $10m investment in Avanco Resources. Aura Minerals is another client. An ‘expert’ in mining work, Pedro Garcia leads the practice, with of counsel Carlos Americo Castro and Pedro Freitas also held in high regard.

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Carlos Americo Castro - Veirano Advogados

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